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Are you 'old'? Here's how to find out.

June 19, 2019


The United Nations has long defined "old age" as beginning as soon as a person turns 60—but two demographers argue this one-size-fits-all rule offers a misleading view of the aging process.

More older patients are opting for complex surgeries. Here's how the American College of Surgeons plans to respond.

June 11, 2019


The American College of Surgeons is rolling out new standards for hospitals that aim to improve surgical outcomes for older patients who increasingly are undergoing complex surgeries that in the past might have been considered too dangerous for the patient population.

Weekly Line: 'Evil' or scientifically sound? Inside the debate over Pfizer's Alzheimer's research.

June 7, 2019


About 5.8 million U.S. residents have Alzheimer's disease, and CDC projects that number will reach 13.9 million by 2060 as baby boomers age. Yet, despite the disease's wide reach and devastating effects, there's still no proven treatment.

CMS finalizes long-awaited changes to program that aims to keep frail, elderly out of nursing homes

May 30, 2019


CMS on Tuesday released a long-awaited final rule updating the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, or PACE, which offers comprehensive medical and social services to certain frail, elderly individuals who qualify for nursing home care but are still able to safely live in their communities.

Do Alzheimer's patients actually have a different form of dementia?

May 7, 2019


Doctors have identified a type of dementia that might be more common than Alzheimer's disease, according to a report published last week in the journal Brain, and some experts are calling the discovery "the most important dementia finding in years."

'50 is basically dead': How ageism can harm health—and how providers can fight it

May 1, 2019


Ageism, or discriminating against people based on their age, is prevalent in today's society, from health care biases to media depictions—and the discrimination can have lasting effects on older adults' physical and mental health.

100+ hospitals have invested in geriatric EDs—featuring harp music, murals, and more

April 29, 2019


More than 100 hospitals across the United States have established geriatric emergency departments to meet the unique health care needs of the country's growing elderly population.

How 'zapping' your brain could reverse age-related memory decline

April 16, 2019


Zapping adults' brains with electrical current for 25 minutes reversed their age-related decline in working memory, allowing some to experience "the superior function [they] had when [they] were much younger," according to a study published last week.

Emergency department visits reached a record high in 2016, CDC reports

April 12, 2019


Emergency departments were busier than ever in 2016, and fewer of their patients arrived seeking non-urgent care, according to the latest CDC data.

Dementia-related deaths have tripled since 2000. See the rise, charted.

March 19, 2019


The number of dementia-related deaths has more than tripled since 2000, according to a report released Thursday by the National Center for Health Statistics—and while Alzheimer's disease is responsible for the biggest portion of those deaths in recent years, other types of dementia might be on the rise.

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